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Airbus and Local Motors to develop drone service platform

Airbus Group and Local Motors announced the Phase II partnership, focusing on building the Airbus Drone Services Platform (ADSP).

The ADSP is a digital distribution platform for drone-based apps and services. The development of the ADSP began with a Rapid Co-creation Initiative at the InterDrone 2016 International Drone Conference and Exhibition held in Las Vegas, September 7-9. (more…)

Chinese C919 planned to fly by the end of 2016

c919After long delays, the made-in-China jet C919 is planned to fly its maiden flight by the end of 2016.

“We are working hard to achieve our maiden voyage by around the end of 2016,” – said Lu Zheng, Deputy Head of Marketing of the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC), the producer company of the aircraft. (more…)

P&W engine delays cut C-Series deliveries

bombardier_c_seriesBombardier announced that it is forced to cut the deliveries of its C Series airplanes in 2016 due to continuing delays from Pratt & Whitney (P&W), which produces the engines. The company has adjusted the C Series delivery forecast from 15 to 7 aircraft.

P&W recently released a new geared turbofan engine for the C Series and Airbus A320neo. However, P&W suffers from the inconsistent performance of its suppliers as the company attempts to increase production rates of the new engine to meet a hefty order backlog, as confirmed by Pratt President Bob Leduc. (more…)

Comlux retrofits ACJ319 with Sharklets

acj319_comlux_retrofitted_with_sharklets_by_tap_engineering_and_maintenanceComlux has become the first to retrofit Aribus corporate jet – ACJ319 – with Sharklets, which bring a fuel-saving of up to four per cent and a corresponding range improvement. The retrofit, carried out by TAP Maintenance and Engineering, is also the first on any version of the A319 airliner. (more…)

GKN to supply Boeing with titanium parts for another decade

GKN Aerospace innovative wing leading edge assemblies, delivered to Airbus for the Clean Sky BLADE programme

GKN Aerospace innovative wing leading edge assemblies, delivered to Airbus for the Clean Sky BLADE programme

GKN Aerospace secured a long term deal with Boeing for the supply of titanium and aluminium machined parts and sub-assemblies for the 767, 777, 787 and 777X aircraft.

Parts supplied will include 787 titanium wing fittings as well as horizontal stabilizer spars and jack screw assembly, and drag struts for the 777 and 777X. (more…)

Russian Helicopters to show new Mi-8AMTSh “Arctic” version

mi8Russian Helicopters will demonstrate a sample of Mi-8AMTSh-VA at a private showing during the International Military and Technical Forum ARMY-2016, Moscow. The manufacturer will present the Arctic version which is designed for a wide range of tasks in the Arctic. (more…)

Airbus patents new hybrid vertical take-off plane

airbus_patent_vertical_takeoffAnother innovation by Airbus was revealed as it has submitted a patent for a new design of aircraft which is able to take-off vertically and switch to normal flight.

The video of the design shows that the aircraft is equipped with 2 electric rotors in each wing that give a resemblance of a quadcopter drone.  The rotors will provide power for the vertical landing and take-off from a helipad or another flat surface. A single propeller will provide the thrust during horizontal flight. (more…)

London City Airports closed by protesters

blmMorning flights at London City Airport have been disrupted after nine protesters chained themselves together on the runway.

Police stated that it was around 5:40 am when a group of protesters claiming to support the Black Lives Matter UK movement occupied the runway. (more…)

Lufthansa Technik to provide MRO for EasyJet in Valletta

1-1-1200px-Haupteingang_LH-Technik_HHLow-cost carrier easyJet and Lufthansa Technik AG signed a substantial base maintenance contract in the Maltese capital Valletta. More than 100 aircraft of the airline’s A320 family will be serviced by Lufthansa Technik Malta during the next five years. (more…)

The Philippines increases defense budget for new planes

The new cabinet of the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed a 14% increase for the 2017 defense budget. The new budget will be designated to purchase new aircraft, radar system and ships to strengthen the army in combating the militants as well as to increase maritime security in South China Sea. (more…)

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